Solid Wade keeps World Darts dream aliveBy Jon Couch
December 24, 2012
JAMES WADE remained on course for a first world title with a solid 4-2 victory over former Lakeside champion Steve Beaton in his second round match on Sunday.
The Aldershot-based seven-time major champion hit four ton-plus finishes in a comfortable victory to earn a place in the last 16 against Dutchman Vincent van der Voort, an impressive winner over Dean Winstanley.
Wade and Beaton shared the opening four sets before the world number three took out 130 to edge the fifth.
And when Beaton wasted his chance to level in the deciding leg of set six – busting his score on 122 – left-hander Wade completed the victory with a 120 checkout.
But much like his first-round whitewash over Peter Hudson, Wade was not particularly impressed with his display.
“I’ve over the moon to have won but I'm disappointed that I didn't play as well as I wanted to,” he said.
“My darts weren’t landing as they normally do and it was frustrating for me because I’ve practised so hard, but hopefully it will come right against Vincent.”